I have a wooden toy drum in my house, this one on the left actually, and it is one of my favorite toys. Now, I know what you're thinking, a DRUM?! In a house with four kids? But yes, this super cute drum is the first toy I bought when I found out I was pregnant with a little boy, with Finn, who is now 8. All of the kids still play with this thing on a regular basis, and when they finally tire of it I will probably give it to a mommy friend and let their kiddos have some fun with it. There aren't that many toys you can do that with, but this super sturdy, beautifully designed toy is virtually indestructible and has been in our playroom for nearly a decade relatively unscathed and has stood the test of time where other toys were broken within DAYS of being bought. (ps the little drumstick actually makes a soft, almost melodic sound on the drum, more of a background noise than you would imagine from a child's drum). That's the thing about wooden toys, they are sturdy, well made, and will take the abuse toddlers and little kids can dole out without breaking. They are also really pretty, especially the Plan Toys, which is what the drum is. Plan makes their toys out of rubberwood, a sustainable by-product of the latex industry's harvesting of trees used for natural rubber production once their productivity declines. Plan Toys also uses preservative-free rubberwood and non-formaldehyde glues, as well as recyclable packaging and water-based ink. You don't have to worry about any of the scary chemicals in some plastics, you don't have to worry about it breaking after a couple of rambunctious toddlers get at it, you just hand it over and let little kids do what they do best, play.
That's the other benefit of wooden toys, the good old fashioned kind of play they provide. Modern high tech toys are designed to amuse and distract children and are often noisy and over stimulating. Wooden toys can inspire creative and imaginative play in children. They allow kids to engage in meaningful play, developing cognitive and problem-solving skills that they will carry throughout the rest of their lives. The natural textures of wooden toys stimulate the child’s senses as they invite children to touch, feel and explore.
All of the wooden toys in the photo above (including that super cute drum) can be found at The Bundle Store, one of my stops for Small Business Saturday (click here for info on the deals she has going!). On the top of my list, that super cute submarine toy, my two year old is going to flip out over that one. xoxo